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College Preparatory Invitational 2017 Florida Event Schedule
Palm Beach-based Event Promises Three Days of Education, Competition and Camaraderie for Student Riders
 
MIAMI, Florida - December 29, 2016 - Student riders participating in the 2017 College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) slated for January 13-15 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Palm Beach, FL, can now access the schedule of events online at the CPI Web site. Organizers have ensured a memorable event for the participants, including a college expo, a horse show, educational seminars, the awarding of scholarships and fun social events.
Student riders and their trainers can check in and get their back numbers starting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 13.  They can then attend the College Fair from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and attend Educational Presentations as well. The Dover Saddlery store reception and Peter Wylde Meet & Greet begins at 6:30 p.m.
 
Educational Presentations begin at12:00 p.m. in the Learning Lounge.  A sample of some of the seminars this year include:
 
5 Ways the College Search is Different for Equestrians
Randi C. Heathman - Equestrian College Advisor
 
Entering the Equestrian Industry - Preparing for and Securing an Internship or Working Student Position
Candace FitzGerald - President, Dobbin Group, LLC.
 
Matching Equine Interest with College Options and Career Tracks
Karin Bump - Professor Cazenovia College
 
Introduction to IHSA
Robert Cachione - IHSA Founder & Executive Director
 
Introduction to the ARNA
Merrilee "Mimi" Wroten - Director of Riding Sweet Briar College
 
Financial Aid 101
Randi C. Heathman - Equestrian College Advisor
 
How to Get Recruited in NCEA College Equestrian
Wendy Wills - College Equestrian Consulting
 
Your CPI Ride - Show Overview and Tips on how to make the best of your CPI ride
Peter Cashman, CPI Horse Show Manager and Head Coach of the United States Military Academy at West Point
 
CPI president Lindsay Martin is particularly enthusiastic about this year's event, which is being presented by Dover Saddlery. "We are so excited to have veteran IHSA coach Mary Drueding of St. Lawrence judging our horse show, nearly 40 colleges participating in our College Fair, our first ever Horsemanship Challenge practicum, a terrific group of vendors and a superb line up of educational seminars - not to mention a fantastic group of competitors!"
 
About the College Preparatory Invitational
The CPI is a three-day event designed to educate student riders about the different formats of college equestrian competitions and provide riders with resources to help them create their desired college equestrian experience. Riders in grades 9 through 12 have a chance to win scholarships in hunt seat equitation competition and participate in educational presentations throughout the event. In an effort to encourage academic excellence and embed social integrity as a lifelong commitment to the equestrian sport, the CPI Scholarship and Educational Fund also awards riders the opportunity to win scholarships for academics and community service. To learn more about the CPI, please visit www.collegeprepinvitational.com.
 
Media Contact:
Candace FitzGerald
Dobbin Group LLC
603-738-2788